Ginger is rich in essential oils, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium and vitamin B. When combined with honey and lemon, it acts as a real “energy bomb” for our bodies.
Ginger has been used as food since ancient times and its application is very broad. Among other things, ginger alleviates pain, helps treat arthritis, reduces inflammation, and is used for weight loss as it accelerates metabolism.
It is certainly the best food item for long winter days, when it is more common to catch a cold, a condition that can in large part be prevented or treated with ginger.
Although you are most likely not a stranger to either ginger, honey or lemon, there are several key points to keep in mind before you start using them the way you are used to.
When buying honey, give preference to local beekeepers because there are some very significant deviations in quality, a matter not to be overlooked. Furthermore, you should always use a wooden, plastic or porcelain spoon for honey, because it loses a portion of its healing properties when it comes into contact with metal. Its properties also suffer when you put it in hot liquid, so make sure to use honey only after the liquid has sufficiently cooled (lukewarm).
If you do not have access to local lemon, always make sure to peel it beforehand or simply squeeze it, to prevent the pesticides commonly found in the peel from finding its way into your food or drinks.
Ginger, Honey, and Lemon Tea
To make ginger tea, you will need 4 cups of water, ginger root about 2” in length and honey.
- Wash and clean the ginger, then chop it with a knife or grate it.
- Put the water on the stove, and when it starts to boil, toss in the ginger you have already prepared.
- After that, let the tea simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Once that is finished, strain the tea to get rid of the chunks of ginger.
- Let the tea cool for a while, then add honey and lemon as desired.
It is very important to note that honey loses its properties in hot liquid, so be sure to let it cool until it reaches lukewarm temperatures before adding the honey.
The tea can be served while it is still warm or left in the fridge until it becomes iced tea.
Ginger, Honey and Lemon Blend
In order to make this concoction, you will need around 10 ounces of honey and 3 lemons. Add ginger according to your own preference, depending on how much you have grown accustomed to the taste.
- Take the lemons, remove the lemon peel, then slice them up and remove the seeds.
- Wash and clean the ginger, then grate it and squeeze the juice thoroughly. (You can leave the pieces of ginger as desired or remove them and use only the juice.)
- Put all the ingredients in a blender, mix well, then store the mix in a glass jug.
Use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day, diluted in water or on its own.